Communities are stronger
when every voice is heard.
ConTextos uses the power of education and personal narrative to promote healing and reflection, and to foster critical thinking and dialogue. We seek to lift up the voices and insights of people affected by trauma, to challenge assumptions, and to provoke change.
Violence is not just an isolated moment between victimizer and victim. Hurt people hurt people, and violence spreads through networks: witnesses are likely to become victims are likely to become perpetrators. ConTextos aims to intervene at each point in this network of trauma by using the power of story and critical thinking to build empathy and understanding. We want to decrease violence and help individuals and communities heal, and also to create a space for all of us to imagine what a thriving community means.
Into A Black Beyond
ConTextos’ Into a Black Beyond is a facilitated digital writing circle for ALL Black Chicagoans, across all identities, which will explore topics relevant to this inflection point in history with an eye toward mutual growth and shared understanding. In this circle, we share a co-created space to write and reflect as we tell our truths and explore our growth and aspirations.
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October 14, 2020
Open Circle Author published in the Las Vegas Sun!
We are excited to share this piece written by Craig Hall, one of our most consistent Open Circle participants. Craig submitted this piece written during…
October 14, 2020
Dear Chicago: It’s Complicated
I am thrilled to be a part of the ConTextos team now as the Director of Communications and Development. Writing has always been such an…
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Charles Interviewed on WTTW Chicago Tonight
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